Lifestyle Vehicles

Kiwi utes are a changin'

Toyota New Zealand has had to respond to dramatically changing buyer preferences with its new Hilux.

How have pickup trucks gone from down-and-dirty to desperately trendy?

The quickest SUV money can buy

Turbo S - it's the Porsche Cayenne turned up to 11

Porsche's Cayenne Turbo should satisfy any need for speed, but for those who need more, there’s the Turbo S, currently the fastest SUV you can buy.

First drive: Toyota Hilux

Hilux is all-new. It needed to be, after a decade of the previous model. This is the flagship SR5 Limited.

The key to getting Hilux back on top is an expanded range of 2WD models.

Topless Evoque SUV unveiled

Land Rover Evoque convertible.

Land Rover has unveiled the "world's first luxury compact SUV convertible".

Renault's first small SUV

The distinctive-looking Renault Captur, a new entry in New Zealand's small SUV market.

Renault's new model out to "Captur" a share of the small SUV market.

Lexus goes large on SUVs

Radical styling on all-new Lexus RX.

Renewal of lifestyle lineup means Lexus NZ will offer 15 different SUV models in 2016.

Five most radical SUVs

Toyota invented the compact-SUV segment with the RAV4 in 1994.

There have been some landmark models that have taken the SUV genre towards world domination.

Mitsubishi Pajero to be axed

The Mitsubishi Pajero's weight and fuel consumption are a worry for Mitsubishi.

The news is bleak for fans of Mitsubishi's off-road stalwart, the Pajero.

An 'a-maze-ing' truck tribute video

Ford F-150 maze in Ohio, US.

For Halloween, Ford thinks it has come up with something a-maze-ing.

Mazda, Ford in ute fray

The facelifted Mazda BT-50 ute.

NZ's ute market is about to get a lot hotter with new releases from Ford and Mazda, soon to be followed by a new Hilux.

Coupes that aren't (coupes) gallery

The Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe.

Can a low roof and sleek styling turn any car into a coupe? Carmakers say yes, but we're not so sure.

First drive: Mercedes GLE 450 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG coupe.

The 450 AMG isn't the fastest GLE coupe you can buy. But it might be the most special.

Hyundai Santa Fe gets a facelift

High on a hill overlooking the Tasman - the facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe Series II.

New Zealand's most popular large SUV is now "safer, more comfortable and more stylish".

Citroen's quirky C4 Cactus

Citroen Cactus features distinctive plastic Airbumps on the doors.

The Citroen Cactus isn't quite as weird as it looks, but it's still not for everybody.

Ram trucks right for NZ

No longer a Dodge: these pickup trucks now known simply by the Ram name.

Australian-converted Ram pickups are coming to New Zealand before the end of the year.

'The Snail' is the best ute video

Graham Brown's 1982 HJ 47 Toyota Land Cruiser Ute of the year also won best 4WD and best Toyata and the annual Deni Ute Muster in NSW.

A $10,000 "best ute" first prize is only a fraction of what Graeme Brown has spent on his much-loved Toyota.

Range Rover becomes a ute video

Nene Powell and Mike Farrow of Melbourne relax beside their 1981 Range Rover that he converted to a ute.

Mike Farrow cut down his Range Rover into a ute.

BMW goes to town on X1

New BMW X1 now looks more like larger X3 and X5 models.

The all-new X1 looks tough, but Mini underpinnings mean it's more of a city slicker.

Fortuner foreshadowed for Aucklanders

Toyota's new Fortuner SUV which will be in Auckland months before its official New Zealand launch.

Eagle-eyed Aucklanders could get a sneak look at a new Toyota SUV that won't go on sale in NZ until early 2016.

The top five utes with boots

The Ranger-based Ford Everest.

Ute-based wagons with hard-core off-road ability are making a big comeback.

Lid kept on Maserati price

Production Maserati Levante will be very close to the Kubang motor show concept shown here.

Maserati's new luxury SUV should be a bit of a bargain in New Zealand.

First drive: Toyota Hilux

Eighth-generation Hilux in action. NZ SR5 model pictured; our preview drive took place in Australia.

After a preview drive in Australia, we find the new Hilux hits its mark.

Road test: Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo has added extra ride height and some chunky styling detail to the V60 to create the Cross Country.

Sticking with an old-school five-cylinder engine is no bad thing for Volvo's latest Cross Country model.

Topless Evoque gets dirty before reveal gallery video

Range Rover Evoque convertible undergoes final off-road testing before its reveal.

Range Rover is getting close to unveiling its compact Evoque Convertible.

It's what's inside that counts

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX Limited features crawl mode for off-road driving.

There's something really important about the new Prado. But you have to look deep to find it.

Honda CR-V as honest as they come

The Honda CR-V Sport, showing off its slightly revamped nose and nice new wheels.

It may not come with a picnic table, but there's a lot to like about the latest CR-V Sport.

Prices revealed for new Hilux

New Hilux edges into luxury-SUV territory in styling and price.

The new Toyota Hilux is edging close to luxury-SUV territory.

NZ Car of the Year countdown starts

The 10 shortlisted vehicles for New Zealand Car of the Year.

Motoring experts have selected the best 10 cars of the year, working towards just one winner.

Car versus crossover

Subaru's Impreza and XV are two versions of the same car.

Subaru has turned the Impreza from car into crossover and achieved remarkable results.

Utes that think they're cars

Flagship Ranger Wildtrak is now even more of an SUV-substitute.

Pickup trucks are getting the performance, equipment and quality of mainstream cars. Here are five of the best.

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